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can i take my birth control if i'm about to have a tooth extraction?

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Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Synanswered
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: Yes however, if you are prescribed antibiotics post operatively, your birth control pills may stop working. It might be a huge complication if, as a result of a wisdom tooth extraction you became pregnant! also some research has suggested that taking birth control pills slightly increases your chances of a dry socket.
Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes.: Your bc pills will not affect your extraction but beware. Some antibiotics will interfere with the pill's effectiveness. Ask your dentist if he prescribes you an antibiotic if it could interfere with the pill.
Dr. Robert Landman
Dentistry 32 years experience
When prescribing antibiotics in these situations, i always tell the patient to consult with their OBY-GYN about the efficacy( or the lack thereof) of the BCP. for guidance
Mar 10, 2015

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Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Fluoride, which occurs naturally in some city water supplies, is incorporated into children's developing teeth and helps to prevent tooth decay. Many municipalities have carefully added Fluoride to their water. Unfortunately, too much Fluoride may cause discoloration of the enamel. You should speak to your pedodontist or pediatrician about the proper amount of Fluoride for your child.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 16 years experience
The potential systemic health consequences to our pediatric population far outweigh the benefits of strengthening enamel and caries prevention. I have attached a brief Harvard overview to reference one of many potential concerns. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
Jul 15, 2013
Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dentistry 54 years experience
In addition there can be potential consequences to the adult population. Some areas have naturally ocurring very heavy concentrations of fluoride in their water and flourosis or dark discoloration is common in these localities. I am a dentist but have never been in favor of medicating a total population to treat one segment-especially when they can receive the benefits of flouride in other ways.
Oct 1, 2013
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
I agree to some extent with Drs. D'Amico & Coogan, but want to add that injested (drops, pills, drinks high in fluoride, swallowed toothpaste) is difficult to control dosage that could lead to discoloration of developing adult teeth for a specific child. Discolored baby teeth is usually caused from something injested or illness of mother during pregnancy. See: http://www.888-smile.com/Ask_Dr.html
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I manage the negative emotions associated with giving birth to a preemie?

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Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Talk about it...: These feelings can be normal. I recommend that you discuss your feelings openly with your partner, family & friends. Often talking about your feelings helps. If that isn't making you feel better talk to your md. Mom's of premature babies often feel guilty about the early birth - even when they did nothing wrong. If symptoms persist talk to your md and be screened for possible postpartum depression.
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Can I get braces with bone loss.Think my overbite could be causing front teeth to be loose?

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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes: However, it is imperative that the periodontal disease (bone loss) be treated so that you are in good periodontal health and in a maintainable level of periodontal health. See a periodontist before beginning the orthodontic therapy. I can provide you with a local good periodontist via e-mail (dhschneid@gmail.Com).
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A 27-year-old male asked:

My lip is still partly swollen 6 weeks after I had a wisdom tooth extracted. Is this normal?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Wisdom teeth: No. This is not typical. You should get it evaluated by the doctor that extracted the wisdom tooth.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Im 2 days away from being 38 weeks if I was to give birth right now what are the risks?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
PREGNANCY TERM: As long as you are under the care of your ob, no toxemia, or any other problems anticipated, you are in good hands! good luck !

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